GM leaves his fate in the hands of new councillors

CONTRACT: Hilltops Council general manager Anthony McMahon will leave his fate in the hands of newly elected Councillors. Picture: Craig Thomson.
CONTRACT: Hilltops Council general manager Anthony McMahon will leave his fate in the hands of newly elected Councillors. Picture: Craig Thomson.

Hilltops Council general manager Anthony McMahon has not sought a contract extension and will leave his fate in the hands of newly elected councillors.

McMahon sought to quash rumours his contract would be extended after the Cootamundra-Gundagai general manager had his tenure lengthened to December 31, 2019, by that Council's administrator.

Under the proclamation that created Hilltops Council, (https://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/regulations/2016-242.pdf ) section 14 sub section three states, general managers can continue under their existing contract once amalgamation is formalised. 

Mr McMahon's contract with the former Boorowa Council was a five-year contract that commenced in September 2013 and is set to end in 2018. 

"Under sub section five of the proclamation, the administrator can increase my remuneration post amalgamation which the Hilltops administrator did following the amalgamation, this is publicly available information," he said.

"You will note under sub clause 7a of the proclamation the administrator could extend the term of my appointment as has been done at Cootamundra-Gundagai and numerous other amalgamated Councils. 

"But, in my case, I have not requested my contract be extended, nor did the administrator suggest doing it. We are both of the opinion that it should be the elected Council's decision as to whether my employment as general manager of Hilltops Council continues."

However, Mr McMahon said he would like to continue in his role beyond 2018.

"I am extremely passionate about working with the Council and the community to do what I can to make the Hilltops a brilliant place to live, do business and enjoy, whether living here or visiting," he said.

"I am very keen to be a part of Hilltops' future, but the point is that will be the Councils decision."

Mr Mcmahon said all information surrounding his appointment and contract is public information if adequately researched. 

"Under the standard contract which is publicly available (https://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/SCE-General-Managers.pdf) if I wish to seek a new contract after the expiry date, I am required to write to council a minimum nine months before the expiry date requesting a new contract," he said.

"The Council is required to respond to me one way or another within a minimum of 6 months before the contract expiry date, and if the Council offers me an extension, I am required to notify them of my acceptance or otherwise at least three months from the expiry date."